Sunday, January 29, 2023 

Hulu dismisses Rick & Morty co-creator from their employ

Breitbart/AP Wire announced Justin Roiland, the Rick & Morty cartoon's co-creator who was charged by authorities with domestic violence crimes, has been fired from his job with Hulu:
Hulu on Wednesday became the second television company to cut ties with “Rick and Morty” creator Justin Roiland after felony domestic abuse charges against him were revealed.

“We have ended our association with Justin Roiland,” 20th TV Animation and Hulu Originals said in a statement.

On Tuesday, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim division, home to the animated sci-fi sitcom “Rick and Morty,” made the same move, saying in a brief statement that they have ended their association with Roiland.

Squanch Games, a video game developer Roiland co-founded, said on Twitter later Tuesday that he had resigned from the company.
It's worth noting Roiland once published an offensive drawing of one of Donald Trump's sons, Barron, about 5 years ago, and R&M's other co-creator, Dan Harmon, also had allegations of sexual abuse made against him around that time:
Harmon has sexual abuse allegations of his own, including an incident in 2018 that caused him to lose his job with the sitcom Community.
It can only be concluded that the whole R&M franchise is toxic by now, as could be a few other productions Roiland and Harmon have worked on. Maybe the best way to summarize the whole debacle is with this comment made by one of the managers of Udon Entertainment: R&M certainly should be boycotted till it officially ends. I'm sure even recent seasons have had their own share of questionable content that far-left scriptwriters in the future are likely to succeed in getting away with up to a point, no matter how tasteless they could be. That's because wokeists aren't really so vigilant or socially concerned themselves, unless those writing the gross garbage are conservatives. Which just shows how Hollywood's hypocrisies continue despite all suggestions to the contrary.

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Saturday, January 28, 2023 

Absalon White interviewed about creating Black heroes for everybody

Arizona PBS interviewed Absalon White, a writer originally from Michigan whom I'd spoken about last year, who's created some comics starring Black heroes whom he hopes all can enjoy:
There are not many superheroes in the comic book world who are Black. Absalon White, Jr. is aiming to change that. He has created comic books that feature Black superheroes. He says by creating these books he hopes that Black children see themselves and feel good. Absalon says his books are not just for the Black community, but rather he wants everyone to enjoy them.

He’s only 22 years old, but this author and artist has already launched his very own comic book universe. It’s called “Verendus Comics.”

[...] “I wanted to create a Black-led comic book universe that other kids and adults that look like me, can have superheroes that look like them, to look up to,” he continued. But he emphasizes that his comic books are not just for the Black community. “My comic books are for the world, and for every ethnicity to enjoy and relate to. Whether you’re Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, etc., my comic books are for all,” he said. “I hope anyone who reads my comic books, no matter their ethnicity, is able to connect and relate to my superheroes on a personal level and see themselves in my superheroes.”
As I may have mentioned before, he's approaching this all the right way, by marketing his creations based on entertainment value for all interested. And, he's doing it organically. That's why independent publishers like him are making a far better impression than the mainstream in these modern times, and for this, he deserves many congratulations.

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Friday, January 27, 2023 

Educational comics from India help students learn self-confidence, and history comics honor their military

The Hindustan Times has a report about educational comics employed in schools from India that have proven helpful for learning and regaining self-confidence:
Self-esteem based life skills education classes were introduced in government schools in 20 districts of Uttar Pradesh around six months ago. As part of this initiative of the ‘Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan Uttar Pradesh’, a set of comic books has been developed and weekly classes are held on the various themes related to personality development.

Children are made to do roleplays using the comic books and this has a deep impact on their minds. The sessions help children come out of the stereotypical mindset and they, in turn, go out in their community as ambassadors of self-confidence.

“The comic books are so powerful that while doing roleplays, children often feel that the stories are related to their real lives and that whatever is being enacted during the classes is their own story. So, the message hits them hard and the change is visible among many children,” said master trainer Naveen Kumar, a teacher at upper primary school Jangipurva, Balrampur.

Some children have liked the activities so much that they have brought it into their behaviour and this has led their parents to enquire about it from school. The school has organised sessions with parents to make them aware and these deliberations have succeeded in bringing about a change in the behaviour of the parents.

“Research has shown the positive correlation between self-esteem and increased attendance levels, enhanced classroom behaviour, and improved academic achievement. Positive self-esteem also contributes to the development of life skills, enhancing children and adolescents’ leadership and other soft skills. It was with this view that this initiative was started,” said a senior resource person from Samarga Shiksha.
This sounds far better than any educational comics that may be on the USA market today, and could come in useful for various overseas educational institutions as well. India's certainly proving effective in offering the best of scientific and educational comics that can be used as learning material in modern school systems.

In addition to the above news, The Hindu's got an article about a company called AAN that's honoring India's military for Republic Day with special biographical comics:
Rain comes down in gusts. Jungle shrubs scratch hands and faces. Weapons, backpacks and exhaustion weigh down the captain and the men of the Indian Army unit as they inch towards the insurgents. A staccato burst of machine gun fire rips through the quiet dawn as the soldiers battle on resolutely — to finish off the hostile forces, or die trying.

Their heroism will be remembered at the National War Memorial’s wreath-laying ceremony to mark India’s 74th Republic Day. Under the memorial’s four circles (chakras) that showcase murals and tablets with the names of about 30,000 armed forces personnel who fell defending the idea of India, is Smarika, a souvenir store that celebrates military heritage. Among the memorabilia that jostle for space on the shelves are comic books of war heroes, some of whose names are inscribed in the Tyag Chakra above. The books, mostly published by Delhi-based AAN Comics, are combat narratives of soldiers, sailors and airmen who, since Independence, have fought wars, counter-insurgency operations and undertaken dangerous missions.

Rishi Kumar, 41, a graduate of the College of Art, Delhi, established AAN Comics in 2012. “AAN stands for Army, Air Force and Navy,” says Rishi the illustrator, who also does the story boarding and visualisation, and earlier worked in advertising. “My family has veterans, my brother is a serving officer. I grew up on a heavy dose of Commando comics and often wondered why we didn’t have any to celebrate our own war heroes,” says Rishi.
So now, thanks to this guy, India's got an interesting way to honor their own military's veterans and history. Something today's mainstream USA comics haven't done for goodness knows how long, and you can't expect Marvel/DC to pay serious tribute to the best of American army veterans in the pages of Capt. America and Superman anymore when all they're concerned about is far-left wokeness.

Sometimes the best examples of positive values can be found in some foreign comics more often nowadays, and India's writers and artists are certainly providing some great examples with plenty of inspiration.

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Thursday, January 26, 2023 

New Jersey writer talks about his back issue collection

A writer at Jersey's Best discusses his back issue collection and how he built it up years before. And, he says that:
The collecting had taken over, and instead of just getting to read about world-saving shenanigans, I also wanted to complete a series, or get that “hot” book of the month. It was fun, though more expensive and not quite as thrilling as being transported to fantastic worlds during those long, hot summer days, when I never knew what book I’d find. I went from “Who’d make me a costume if I suddenly got superpowers,” to “I wonder how much I could sell these for?” Which I never did. I’m notoriously lazy and a bit of a hoarder, so I have a few boxes of comic books that I may never get rid of.
If the back issues aren't in the best condition, that's one reason he may find it difficult. But another is that, if his pamphlets are only from the past 40-50 years, they're unlikely to be worth much regardless. There's only so much from those eras that hasn't qualified in the eyes of the speculator market for serious payments like the Golden/Silver Age publications already have.
There are still a few books I like to pick up now and then, but I’m by no means an avid comic book collector. No. It’s more like the old days for me, but with a modern twist. Today, I can spin through thousands of comics any time of day on my iPad, stream television versions of them or settle down for a 3-hour blockbuster movie.
Well doesn't that solve the desire to get an entire series of the past so you can read the complete storyline, if it takes up several issues? Whether he can jettison his pamphlet collection, what's available on iPad helps to do all that, and so too does being able to buy whatever's available in paperback/hardcover reprints, which are easily a better choice, IMO. The live action movies and TV shows, however, do not appeal to me anymore.

The columnist also wrote a list of the most valued comics of the past year or so, but as I've said before, I'm not impressed with the speculator market, since it's uninterested in the reading value of the classics in question. I think it's great he collected and read what he did, but it's a shame writers like these won't make a case for improving the quality of writing and art in modern comics, which has collapsed under the weight of PC, and so long as the Big Two are corporate owned, will never recover.

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The chances Polygon would allow an article like this about a girl are highly unlikely

Polygon's main comics columnist is gushing over news about Nightwing in a way that's unlikely to be seen with a lady character:
DC Comics is promising a new day with Dawn of DC, the company’s 2023 publishing initiative, set to deliver new updates for heroes and easy jumping on points for readers around the DC Universe. But the company’s latest announcement is sure to please long-time fans as well: Nicola Scott will draw the new Titans series.

Which means she gets to draw Nightwing’s butt again.

It’s unofficial but extremely winked-at lore in DC Comics that Dick Grayson, née Robin, now Nightwing, grew up to have one of the tightest butts in the superhero community, as commented on by heroes, villains, and his girlfriends alike. And while it’s the kind of memetic thing that’s difficult to trace back to any single source, Scott’s rendering of a reverse shot of the character in Secret Six #9 (2009) is considered to have had an outsize effect. Scott has historically embraced the blame/honor.
It makes little difference whether this is a woman writing this article; this is as embarrassing absurd as I'm sure some others must think. Admittedly, it's hardly new. Even in past decades, there were a few other instances of women talking about men's butts (I vaguely recall a scene like that in Mike Grell's Green Arrow run, and Diamondback with such thoughts in Capt. America), but rarely did you see such talk from men about women's butts. That's the results of PC for you, obviously, and it doesn't help a bit. Nor does one of artist Scott's teamings with another writer:
DC had previously announced a new Titans series (and it was teased as recently as last week’s issue of Nightwing), starring a lineup familiar to fans of the classic 1980 comic series and the Teen Titans animated series alike. But the creative team behind it was officially under wraps until today. Scott will team up with Nightwing writer Tom Taylor (Superman: Son of Kal-El, Suicide Squad), with the Titans Tower rebuilt in Dick Grayson’s home stomping grounds of Blüdhaven (think of it as the Newark, NJ, to Gotham’s New York, NY).
With an ideologue like Taylor writing this latest edition, it goes without saying this is nothing to look forward to. It'll only be another confirmation DC should've folded long ago. No matter who the cast members are, chances are high Taylor will really humiliate them, and Scott won't be opposed. The columnist's one of Polygon's biggest apologists for LGBT propaganda, so no surprise she'd be fine with where Taylor went with Son of Kal-El, one of the worst paths to soil DC's famous franchises.

One of the commenters summed up what I've been thinking:
I don't think I've ever complained about double standards here, but there is no way in hell Polygon would ever allow an article or title like this about a female character.
No, I don't think so either. And another said:
Yeah, I can't see
"But the company’s latest announcement is sure to please long-time fans as well: Scott Nicola will draw the new Titans series. Which means he gets to draw Raven's boobs again."
making it past the Editor-in-Chief's desk.
Neither can I. Such websites have long turned to wokeism (and the wording was surely intended to be gratuitously provocative), and even before that, such inconsistency on whether it's in good taste to talk so candidly about rectums was already common. No doubt, even decades before, PC led to menfolk being too cowardly to say in entertainment products if they thought a girl's butt was sexy, and only the other way around was allowed. As a result, this Polygon puff piece is just another example of where PC's brought us.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023 

What Matthew Rosenberg said in additional defense of his pregnant Joker story

The leftist writer Rosenberg continued to address the commentaries about his perceived male pregnancy tale for the Joker, where he keeps insisting it's merely a tribute to Silver Age lunacies:
If you don’t get your news from the “here’s what to be angry about” people you may have missed this. But certain corners of the world are quite mad that the new issue of THE JOKER: THE MAN WHO STOPPED LAUGHING makes the Joker trans and then they become pregnant and give birth. How could we?! Think of the children!!

Only, slight problem, none of that actually happens in the comic. That didn’t stop Fox News, The NY Post, Channel 1 Russia, various internet outrage peddlers, and so many of the other sources of journalistic excellence from going all in on it this past week. This of course made social media somewhat unusable for me because things like this are Christmas for folks who like to get mad at stuff and yell at strangers. My DM’s have never been more exciting! The good news is that I finally made it onto TMZ and I didn’t even have to fuck Pete Davidson like I thought I would.

I should probably explain for those of you who aren’t reading the book. But also, shame on you. It’s fun. So, the main story in the series is about two different men who claim to be the Joker and how their lives violently intersect. The backup stories, by myself with the brilliant Francesco Francavilla on art, are made to be sort of Silver Age style fever dreams of the Joker that explore different, non-continuity explanations of how there could be multiple Jokers and other themes of the main book. So far he’s accidentally cloned himself in a magic mirror, faked his own death so that he could see what people say at his funeral, and accidentally had himself sewn to the body of a gorilla and one of his small henchman like some mythological 6-armed gorilla/circus performer/homicidal clown centaur. In each issue the events of the previous issue aren’t discussed or acknowledged. They are, literally, silly gag strips.

We wanted to pay tribute to the fun old stuff of DC’s history where Batman becomes 2 Dimensional, or Superman turns himself into a lion, or a tree, or an ant, or Jimmy Olsen marries a gorilla, or Lois Lane turns herself Black. Well, not that one. We wanted to pay tribute to the rest though, but through a fever dream lens of the Joker’s own mind. So they’re a little more violent, a little darker, but still mostly fun, consequence-free jokes. And so far the reaction has been amazing. People seem to really dig them!
When he alludes to the 1970 Superman story, "I Am Curious", where Lois Lane used a sci-fi device to disguise herself as a Black woman, how come he struck it through with a line? Does he find that, by contrast, embarrassing and objectionable in the ways of the modern PC crowd? How peculiar then, he'd consider a yarn about a pregnant man perfect for entertainment, but a story about a white lady disguising herself as Black to blend in with and research a news story is unacceptable? Most mysterious indeed. Rosenberg then clarifies the story premise:
Enter last week’s issue. In this issue the Joker swallows some mud, gets a curse put on him by Zatanna, and then wakes up with a distended belly. One of his henchman, who says stupid stuff every issue, comments that he might be pregnant. Joker, being unhinged, makes his henchman find a supervillain named Doctor Phosphorous to give him a pelvic exam. Doctor Phosphorous, for those who don’t know, is a flaming skeleton who gives off toxic fumes, manipulates radiation, and sold his soul to a demon. What he is not, however, is a medical doctor. He looks at the Joker’s crotch and says “I don’t even know where a baby would come out of.” At this point the Joker vomits up the mud he swallowed and our good doctor says “Guess you weren’t pregnant after all.”

Then the mud gets up, runs around, some people get killed, and it ends up that the mud is actually the supervillain Clayface, or a piece of him at least. For those that don’t know, Clayface is a man who became a pile of sentient mud that can shapeshift to resemble different people, and was once used as a walking, talking metaphor for sexually transmitted diseases. Anyway, we jump forward in time and the magical vomit-mud monster now changes shape to resemble a tiny version of the Joker, and the Joker refers to him as “my son.” End issue. And while I obviously was already writing my awards acceptance speech for this 8 page opus, apparently some folks got big mad.

As you might have picked up from my summary, this isn’t an allegory, a metaphor, or social commentary. It’s a joke. I will say, so this doesn’t come off as some sort of backpedalling, I believe Trans rights are Human rights. I have fundraised and donated multiple times to orgs like TRANS LIFELINE, THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANS EQUALITY, and THE TREVOR PROJECT that do incredible work to promote trans rights and protect trans lives. I believe how a person identifies themselves, defines themselves, or presents themselves to the world is their business alone. When someone tells you who they are you can either agree with them or tell them who you think they are, and I’ve never understood why you’d want to be the latter or why anyone should care what you think of who they. With that said, it has nothing to do with this story. This is a story about magical food poisoning.
The story may not be about the Joker becoming a pregnant man per se, but Rosenberg's far-left pandering is still inexcusable. Does he believe men and women should despise the sex they were born as? Because that's what all this transsexual ideology amounts to. And he's oblivious to the many men and women who now regret undergoing sex-change operations, and may have permanently damaged their bodies as a result. But then, as if this whole left-wing defense couldn't get revolting enough:
Now I understand the folks at Fox News and the Post might look up to the Joker and see his an aspirational figure. Yes, he once grew enormous and ate all the people in China with a giant pair of chopsticks, but I guess they can look the other way on that. And yes, he once cut his own face off for fun and walked around with an exposed skull for a while, but who hasn’t? And sure he once paralyzed and then sexually assaulted a woman, took photos of it, and the projected them on a wall while he sexually assaulted her father, but I think Fox & Friends was kinda into that. I was in no way trying to damage the pristine legacy of this psychotic serial murder that they hold in such high regard, but I guess to them I did. And for that I apologize…

Or maybe they work on a cycle of feeding outrage and alienation to their audience in order to keep them engaged and angry, and they don’t care if they take things out of context, misrepresent things, or even lie. But I’m sure that’s not it, right? Either way, thanks for promoting our book. I’ve heard from a lot of retailers that it’s selling out. We appreciate it.
Oh my, what's this? Fox's contributors are capable of doing bad things, but this is still putting words in their mouths, and Rosenberg's not being altruistic. Just because we're under the perception this story was intended as a metaphor for the very ideologies he brought up, doesn't mean we literally worship an evil figure. It's just that he's taken a criminal character and applied political allegories that only make the story built around the Clown Prince of Crime more grating than need be. Rosenberg sure knows how to show contempt. If this is really a Silver Age tribute, then again, why does he think vomiting qualifies? It's only bad taste.

All Rosenberg's done is make clear he surely wanted to troll the audience gratuitously, and the artwork for the story looks so grimy, that's one more reason why it'd be better to avoid the book regardless of whether it's a political metaphor. What he's had to say does nothing to provide alleviation.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023 

Another needless reboot for the Avengers

Inside the Magic reports the Avengers are being rebooted again, which must mean the starring series is being relaunched, but if anything's clear, the writers now assigned are no better than the previous:
The Avengers are a vital part of Marvel history. From the team’s beginnings in the pages of comic books to the all-star cast bringing them to life on the big — and small — screen, the Avengers are one of the most prominent pop culture phenomenons in the last century.

And in just a short while, Marvel will officially reboot the team, handing the reins to the cosmic-powered Captain Marvel.
The news they're keeping Carol Danvers in a role that wasn't organic is all we need to know something's wrong, and it's unlikely they'll provide her with good writing to make it palatable either.
Taking over from Jason Aaron, Jed MacKay and C.F. Villa will reboot “The Avengers” on May 17 with a whole new story and a whole new team. This version of the Avengers will be led by Captain Marvel and will feature Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, Vision, and Black Panther.

[...] According to Comic Book Movie, this team will assemble when they become aware of “The Tribulation Events” — grand scale events that look to cause immense danger and disaster to the universe. The writer goes on to acknowledge that this team represents the “heavy hitters” of the Marvel Universe, bringing iconic characters to the fore. Could the future of the Avengers on screen mimic that of its source material; that is could Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel become the new leader of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes?
If they intend to portray her as a Mary Sue, with almost no flaws of any kind, if at all, then they're only retaining a farcical approach that's been common for years already, and has even become common in the movies adapted from these comics. Even Aaron's taken this kind of approach with his writing, and it's only dragged down the quality of comicdom even more. And speaking of movies:
As for Captain Marvel, Brie Larson once more returns as the powerful Avenger in this July’s The Marvels (2023) from director Nia DaCosta. She stars alongside Iman Vellani (Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel) and Teyonah Parris (Monica Rambeau/Photon).
The way they describe this only compounds the likelihood this'll be another Mary Sue rendition, and it looks like the Muslim Ms. Marvel is going to be part of this upcoming movie, hinting this could be more propagandistic than the 2019 Capt. Marvel movie was. Providing only all the more reason to pass.

The Avengers is definitely vital Marvel history. But these latest products in both comics and movies since the early 2000s most definitely aren't.

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Sunday, January 22, 2023 

Eric Nguyen creates comic where a "white savior" is belittled

Next Shark interviewed artist Nguyen, who's created a comic titled "White Savior", which is said to be a satire about white heroes saving societies of different races, but seems more like an insult to the very notion of a white hero saving the day. They begin with the story's premise:
NextShark spoke with comic book artist Eric Nguyen, co-creator of Dark Horse’s newest comic “White Savior,” about the Hollywood tropes the story satirizes, the prevalence of Asian stereotypes in new media and the state of Asian representation in comics today.

Written by Nguyen and Scott Burman, “White Savior” follows Todd Parker, an Asian American film history teacher who is suddenly sent back in time to feudal Japan. Upon his arrival, he quickly realizes that the local villagers have put their faith in an incompetent “white savior” who will surely lead them to their doom unless Todd can stop him.

Before “White Savior,” Nguyen notably worked with Marvel and DC on “Old Man Logan,” “The Immortal Hulk” and “Batman: Arkham Unhinged.”
So he worked on Al Ewing's politicized atrocity in the Hulk too, huh? That aside, this is awfully cheap to pen a "satire" of stories where white adventurers save Asian communities, instead of reversing the roles, which could even include, say, an Asian hero romancing a white lady. What's so hard about that? If you know where to look in multimedia from Japan, there are examples of Asian characters acting as saviors to any and all of humanity, and even romancing non-Asian women. Yet Nguyen seems like the kind of person disinterested in foreign storytelling as a wellspring, and as a result, his argument doesn't go over well. It continues:
What inspired the story’s concept?

It all started when that movie “The Great Wall” with Matt Damon came out, and Constance Wu famously talked about how Asians didn’t need a white guy to swoop in and save us. And Scott and I were joking around and said, “What if the white guy in this movie was an idiot who actually made things worse for the people he was trying to save?” We started laughing about it, and literally, that’s where the idea came from.

I wish it was a more inspiring story of us thinking about what we could do to promote representation, but honestly, the idea came from a simple aside, and as we started writing, we realized very early on how important the subject matter was. And I think what makes our book stand out is that we put just as much emphasis on the story being funny and action-packed as we do on the important message we’re trying to convey.
On this note, do Nguyen's ideas of what counts as "representation" include creating characters with Armenian ancestry like Mannix? And, what's so wrong with the idea of a white savior coming to the aid of Asians in distress? By that logic, it would be wrong for an Asian savior to do the same by helping whites in distress.
Was the plot/humor inspired by any other comics you’ve read or worked on?

I don’t know if it was inspired by what I worked on as much as it’s inspired by what’s out there. The white savior trope has been around forever. Heroes like Iron Fist, the only white guy in a land of Asians who, of course, is a better martial artist than all the other Asians. Or any samurai movie where a white outsider rescues an Asian village. So we wanted to bring light to the problematic nature of these stories, but do it in a way where humor and satire were at the forefront. And that’s the ultimate goal of our comic — to bring people together and laugh at the insanity and ignorance of the past, while still recognizing the progress that needs to be made in the future.
Oh, please. Is that meant to suggest Shang Chi wasn't portrayed as good a martial artist in his own way? Or that they couldn't possibly create an Asian man who's just as formidable? Maybe the most dismaying part of the above is how it implies Nguyen's the kind of guy who can't look beyond Marvel/DC, and acts as though all this only matters when applied to the Big Two. What a farce indeed.
Why a time travel story?

Good question. We never thought about that. I think it’s because we wanted somebody who can essentially comment on the ridiculous nature of “white savior” stories from an outsider’s perspective. So if Todd, our main character, is from the present and travels back to feudal Japan, he already knows what’s going to happen; he knows for a fact that the “white savior” is not the hero the villagers believe he is.

And we realized a lot of the comedy in our story is from Todd knowing the truth but nobody believing him because the characters themselves are actual relics of the past. They, like society at the time, still believe in that “white savior” myth. So it’s literally the future coming to terms with the past. And the main character is essentially a modern man continuously shaking his head at the misconceived notions of the past.
What's annoying is how the tale sounds like it implies that, because the savior in question is white, that makes him incompetent. And that's very damaging. As a result, it's supremely insulting to sell this under the guise of "satire". After all, for every good satire, there's also a bad one. And this is beginning to sound like the latter.
As “White Savior” deals with Asian stereotypes, do you feel these stereotypes are present in the comic book industry?

Well, the comics industry is a massive industry. And [it’s] only getting bigger with every comic now being made into a movie. But you’ve got a lot of great Asian talent working in comics — Jim Lee is in charge of DC, Cliff Chiang, Marjorie Liu, Stan Sakai, Greg Pak, Frank Cho, there’s a ton. And the last couple years have brought us first-class Asian stories like George Takei’s ‘They Called Us Enemy’ or ‘The Good Asian,’ written by my old friend Pornsak Pichetshote. So you’ve got a lot of comic companies, especially Marvel, DC and Dark Horse, championing diversity with both their talent and characters.

That being said, some of these characters are legacy characters who have been around for ages. And when they were created, they did enforce those stereotypes. So the question is, do you expand on these well-known characters and give them more dimension, or do you create new characters and hope they resonate with audiences?
More to the point, you do your best to write with merit, and apply said merit to the new characters you're creating. All that aside, Takei's become such a far-leftist ideologue in the past decade, that whatever he's had written doesn't resonate. And Lee? He's such a far-left ideologue himself, that to bring him up is such a snoozer.
What’s your opinion on comic book characters being rewritten or reintroduced as Asian?

This is a tricky one, because creating a new character fans can get behind is incredibly difficult, regardless of their race. Same with creating a new story. So sometimes, we see new Asian characters — and I’m not just going to say Asian, I’m going to include all under-represented groups in this — you see new minority characters being introduced, and the stories, for one reason or another, don’t click with the audiences. That being said, you’ve got creators like Brian Bendis, who created Miles Morales. A Black/Puerto Rican Spider-Man. Upon first hearing it, it sounds gimmicky, but in the hands of a master like Bendis, Miles became a centerpiece Marvel character, based on an old one, that will last for generations to come.

Ms. Marvel is another prime example of a new character that fans can’t help but fall in love with
. Gene Luen Yang, one of the best writers in comics today, created an Asian Superman — and some fans responded with, “They’re trying to replace OUR Superman, why don’t they create a new character?” But the fact of the matter is, all the fans saying “Why don’t you create a new character?” are the same kind of fans who never read stories with new characters.
Ah, what's this, is he alluding to the Muslim Ms. Marvel, who was practically developed by a committee as a propaganda tool? This too says all you need to know something's wrong with the guy's way of thinking. Same goes for his laughable citation of Bendis, the same overrated writer who wronged Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Disassembled. As for not reading stories with new characters, there's strong suggestions he's alluding to - what else? - the Big Two's approach, which would mean he's got no qualms with how established white characters were harmed before being replaced by characters of different race in the costumes. As for creating new characters who resonate with an audience, the problem is poor marketing and lack of interest by the marketers themselves. Hasn't that ever occurred to Mr. Nguyen? And then, when asked what his favorite characters are, he says:
But back to the character question — I think my favorite Asian characters are those whose personalities don’t rely on those tropes we were talking about before. A prime example is Jimmy Woo — in the comics, he was one of the first Asian heroes. And he’s just this super cool, cunning secret agent. In the MCU, he’s played by Randall Park, and how can you not love Randall Park? But the fact that Jimmy Woo is a secret agent first and Asian guy second, I think that appeals to me. Another favorite is Ms. Marvel, who I mentioned earlier — probably one of the best new characters in the last 10 years. Amadeus Cho, Jubilee, Katana, Armor, Silver Samurai. So many more, but also, not anywhere close to enough.
If memory serves, Amadeus Cho was the Asian Hulk from several years ago, who was even written exclaiming "totally awesome Hulk", as though stereotypical dialogue weren't absurd? And those stories sure didn't draw interest from many people. Maybe if you'd created a variation on the Hulk as part of a creator-owned product, it could be getting somewhere, but this has long become too much, because the racial background is all it's about. And then look what Nguyen brings up towards the end:
What would you like to see more of in comics?

Asian characters whose personalities aren’t based entirely on them being Asian. Additionally, Scott and I want to champion characters who we feel never got their due. One of our dream projects is to update and revamp a fairly unknown DC superhero called the Heckler, who we think has a lot of mainstream potential.
Well in that case, here's 2 things to consider: one, some of the Asian characters introduced in the past 2 decades, like Ryan Choi, the Asian Atom at DC, were marketed based entirely on their racial background, not story merit. And two, if you believe there's characters who never got their due, what about characters who were originally white, like Ray Palmer and Jean Loring? Why, what about the Golden Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl? If Nguyen's got no interest in building them up, in contrast to characters of Asian/Black/Latino background, I'm not sure what his point is. One can only wonder what their plans are for this minor DC character called the Heckler. If that's going to be built on wokery, rather than genuine merit, we're getting nowhere fast.

It's very lazy to craft a story that's more about depicting a "white savior" as a bungler than about an Asian/Black/Latino hero who saves a white community from evil entities instead. To see Mr. Nguyen go for such a cheap path is disappointing, as are his ideological perspectives.

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